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Professional Development

The Utah State Office of Education has a number of online courses available to teachers.  There is no tuition fee for these courses, but some may have a modest cost. Some courses will require the purchase of course materials including but not limited to texts, digital resources, and/or professional organization memberships.  There is a recording fee payable to SUU.  Currently this is $21 per credit hour.  You pay for credit after completion of the course.  Go to:  

Check out the website for further information and to register

EDX online courses:  Free online courses from the world's best universities.  To get credit for these courses to apply to a social studies endorsement, you must have approval from USBE.  Contact or 801-538-7575 for approval.

Instructional support

Jordan History Academy of Teachers, Jr. has a great list of good history/social studies teaching strategies for any level.  Please go the "Bag O'Tricks" page here to see (1) a video of the strategy being used and (2) a description of how to do the strategy: Good history-teaching strategies

Related sites and resources

The following are great opportunities NOT sponsored by Jordan School District.  To receive lane change credit, please contact Pam Su'a at BEFORE the program to submit paperwork.

Summer professional development opportunities for teachers!  (These are all competitive.  Teachers must apply to be considered.  Please note deadlines on each website.)

For teachers looking for great summer (usually out-of-state professional development, please see the Facebook page "Scholarships, Grants and Summer Institutes for Teachers"

Video about GEA

Questions, contact: Lora Cook,


Grosvernor Teacher Fellowships:

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow GTF program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. This opportunity gives current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenors legacy of excellence in geographic education. Exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. Through this experience, they bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.

2017 Program Highlights
Selected educators will travel aboard the ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, and National Geographic Sea Lion on expeditions to regions including the Arctic, British and Irish Isles, Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, the Galapagos, Antarctica and more. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geographic literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime. Prior to the expedition, all 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. (March 23–26, 2017) with all expenses covered to participate in a pre-voyage workshop sponsored by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.


Gilder Lehrman summer seminars:

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides wonderful opportunities to study at historic sites with nationally-recognized historians.   Check out the website for current and future seminars and registration information.  Special consideration is given if teachers belong to a "Gilder-Lehrman" school (see website for simple instructions on how to become a GL school.)


Transatlantic Outreach Program:

The Goethe Institut TOP sponsors 2-week study trips to Germany for social studies teachers to promote education about Germany, to encourage intercultural dialogue, and to provide the opportunity for educators to experience Germany in person.  This organization also provides free materials to social studies educators.  See website for details and application deadlines.


National Endowment for the Humanities summer programs:

The NEH offers seminars for teachers to study with a historian centered around specific topics, often at a historical site.  These are one-to five-week long seminars and much of the cost for these are paid for.  Applications and deadline information are on their website.